The Republic of Ireland played out a largely uninspiring goalless draw with Poland in a game of few chances.

Defender Stephen Kelly squandered the best opening of the first half when he headed over when well placed.

Aiden McGeady looked lively throughout as the Republic showed plenty of endeavour and organisation.

Lukasz Szukala and Tomasz Jodloweic created opportunities for the Poles in the second half but Martin O'Neill retains his unbeaten record as manager.

The Irish came into the game hoping to build on the mood of optimism generated by the appointment of O'Neill and assistant Roy Keane, followed by the 3-0 win over Latvia in Dublin.

In contrast, the Poles lost their opening fixture under new boss Adam Nawalka, a 2-0 defeat away to Slovakia.

Both sides enjoyed their fair share of possession in the early stages but it took 21 minutes before the first clear-cut chance of the game fell to Kelly - the full-back's downward header from a corner bouncing off the turf and looping over the bar.

Soon after, Sunderland defender John O'Shea was perhaps fortunate to escape with a yellow card for a deliberate handball in his own half after being introduced as a substitute for the injured Sean St Ledger.

Most of the Irish attacking threat emanated from a rejuvenated McGeady, and the livewire winger saw his left-foot shot saved by Wojciech Szczesny in the 59th minute.

With Borussia Dortmund dangerman Robert Lewandowski substituted, the Poles struggled to create a credible goalscoring chance until David Forde was forced to gather a Szukala header.

A superb low cross from James McClean just failed to find an Irish shirt and then Jodloweic fired over the bar for the hosts.

The visitors had to withstand some late pressure but, overall, it was a solid rather than spectacular performance from O'Neill's charges, with goalmouth action at a premium.

Next up for the Irish is a home friendly against Serbia on 5 March, 2014, but before then attention will turn to the draw for Euro 2016 qualifying which takes place in Nice on 23 February.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (11)

Poland

  • 12 Szczesny
  • 19 Celeban
  • 17 Marciniak
  • 24 Pazdan Booked
  • 04 Szukala
  • 26 Kowalczyk
  • 07 Cwielong (Olkowski - 81' )
  • 11 Maczynski (Jodlowiec - 59' )
  • 09 Lewandowski (Teodorczyk - 59' )
  • 16 Blaszczykowski (Robak - 89' )
  • 05 Sobota (Brzyski - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Boruc
  • 02 Brzyski
  • 03 Jedrzejczyk
  • 06 Jodlowiec
  • 08 Krychowiak
  • 10 Nowak
  • 13 Holota
  • 14 Olkowski
  • 15 Kosznik
  • 18 Mierzejewski
  • 20 Robak
  • 22 Tyton
  • 23 Teodorczyk

Republic of Ireland

  • 01 Forde
  • 12 Kelly
  • 17 Ward
  • 08 McCarthy (Pearce - 62' )
  • 05 St Ledger (O'Shea - 32' Booked )
  • 03 Wilson (Whelan - 76' )
  • 13 Walters
  • 15 Green
  • 09 Long (Hoolahan - 73' )
  • 14 Stokes (Doyle - 68' )
  • 07 McGeady (McClean - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Coleman
  • 04 O'Shea
  • 06 Whelan
  • 11 McClean
  • 16 Westwood
  • 20 Hoolahan
  • 21 Doyle
  • 23 Elliot
  • 24 Pearce

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

4 1

Corners

3 3

Fouls

18 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Poland 0, Republic of Ireland 0.

90:00 +6:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Poland 0, Republic of Ireland 0.

90:00 +5:06

Offside, Republic of Ireland. Kevin Doyle tries a through ball, but James McClean is caught offside.

90:00 +5:04

Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +5:04

Foul by Lukasz Szukala (Poland).

90:00 +4:28

Foul by Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland).

90:00 +4:28

Michal Pazdan (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:43

Wes Hoolahan (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:43

Foul by Tomasz Brzyski (Poland).

89:45

Attempt saved. Pawel Olkowski (Poland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tomasz Jodlowiec.

88:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Poland. Marcin Robak replaces Jakub Blaszczykowski.

87:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:11

Delay in match Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) because of an injury.

84:26

Foul by John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).

84:26

Lukasz Teodorczyk (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:26

Offside, Poland. Tomasz Jodlowiec tries a through ball, but Tomasz Brzyski is caught offside.

80:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Poland. Tomasz Brzyski replaces Waldemar Sobota.

80:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Poland. Pawel Olkowski replaces Piotr Cwielong.

78:28

Corner, Poland. Conceded by Jonathan Walters.

78:03

Attempt blocked. Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukasz Teodorczyk.

75:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Glenn Whelan replaces Marc Wilson.

73:46

Attempt blocked. Waldemar Sobota (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Piotr Cwielong.

72:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Wes Hoolahan replaces Shane Long.

72:05

Paul Green (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:05

Foul by Piotr Cwielong (Poland).

70:00

Foul by Kevin Doyle (Republic of Ireland).

70:00

Marcin Kowalczyk (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Kevin Doyle replaces Anthony Stokes.

67:22

Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:22

Foul by Waldemar Sobota (Poland).

66:02

Attempt missed. Tomasz Jodlowiec (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jakub Blaszczykowski.

65:36

Attempt blocked. Piotr Cwielong (Poland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukasz Teodorczyk.

65:23

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Republic of Ireland).

65:23

Piotr Cwielong (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:33 Booking

Booking Michal Pazdan (Poland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:29

Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:29

Foul by Michal Pazdan (Poland).

63:04

Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:04

Foul by Piotr Celeban (Poland).

62:49

Attempt saved. Lukasz Szukala (Poland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jakub Blaszczykowski with a cross.

62:25

Foul by John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).

62:25

Waldemar Sobota (Poland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. James McClean replaces Aiden McGeady.

61:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. Alex Pearce replaces James McCarthy.

59:13

Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

58:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Poland. Tomasz Jodlowiec replaces Krzysztof Maczynski because of an injury.

58:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Poland. Lukasz Teodorczyk replaces Robert Lewandowski.

58:11

John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:11

Foul by Robert Lewandowski (Poland).

56:42

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:36

Delay in match Krzysztof Maczynski (Poland) because of an injury.

54:20

Paul Green (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:20

Foul by Michal Pazdan (Poland).

53:30

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Aiden McGeady with a cross following a corner.

52:51

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Adam Marciniak.

52:50

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Stokes.

52:24

Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:24

Foul by Lukasz Szukala (Poland).

50:43

Foul by Paul Green (Republic of Ireland).

50:43

Krzysztof Maczynski (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:17

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Anthony Stokes.

48:06

Foul by James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland).

48:06

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:47

James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:47

Foul by Krzysztof Maczynski (Poland).

46:16

Attempt saved. Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:10

Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:10

Foul by Piotr Celeban (Poland).

45:00

Second Half begins Poland 0, Republic of Ireland 0.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Poland 0, Republic of Ireland 0.

45:00 +0:01

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Republic of Ireland).

45:00 +0:01

Piotr Cwielong (Poland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:12

Foul by James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland).

43:12

Michal Pazdan (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:29

Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:29

Foul by Marcin Kowalczyk (Poland).

38:54

Offside, Poland. Robert Lewandowski tries a through ball, but Waldemar Sobota is caught offside.

35:58 Booking

Booking John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

35:55

Hand ball by John O'Shea (Republic of Ireland).

35:12

Attempt missed. Piotr Celeban (Poland) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Krzysztof Maczynski with a cross following a set piece situation.

34:16

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland).

34:16

Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:27

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Lukasz Szukala.

31:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Republic of Ireland. John O'Shea replaces Sean St Ledger because of an injury.

31:41

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

31:08

Delay in match Sean St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) because of an injury.

29:41

Foul by Paul Green (Republic of Ireland).

29:41

Krzysztof Maczynski (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:17

Attempt blocked. James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:32

Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:32

Foul by Lukasz Szukala (Poland).

26:50

Foul by Shane Long (Republic of Ireland).

26:50

Marcin Kowalczyk (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:40

Shane Long (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:40

Foul by Michal Pazdan (Poland).

24:22

Attempt saved. Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lukasz Szukala.

23:07

Attempt blocked. Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Krzysztof Maczynski with a cross.

22:36

Corner, Poland. Conceded by James McCarthy.

21:39

Stephen Ward (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:39

Foul by Piotr Celeban (Poland).

20:57

Attempt missed. Stephen Kelly (Republic of Ireland) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Jonathan Walters with a headed pass following a corner.

20:30

Corner, Republic of Ireland. Conceded by Piotr Cwielong.

20:28

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Stokes.

18:33

Corner, Poland. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

17:23

Attempt blocked. Piotr Cwielong (Poland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michal Pazdan.

16:09

Foul by James McCarthy (Republic of Ireland).

16:09

Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:10

Foul by Paul Green (Republic of Ireland).

15:10

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:23

Paul Green (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:23

Foul by Jakub Blaszczykowski (Poland).

12:55

Anthony Stokes (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:55

Foul by Piotr Celeban (Poland).

11:29

Sean St Ledger (Republic of Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:29

Foul by Robert Lewandowski (Poland).

10:12

Foul by Sean St Ledger (Republic of Ireland).

10:12

Robert Lewandowski (Poland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:16

Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Republic of Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Long.

4:16

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Kelly.

1:24

Offside, Poland. Waldemar Sobota tries a through ball, but Adam Marciniak is caught offside.

0:30

Adam Marciniak (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:30

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Republic of Ireland).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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